Global leaders around the world have condemned Russia’s President Vladimir Putin over his decision to invade Ukraine, but Elon Musk is taking it one step further in challenging the Russian leader to a one-on-one fight.
“I hereby challenge Vladimir Putin to single combat. Stakes are Ukraine,” Musk tweeted Monday morning, with Putin’s name and Ukraine written in Cyrillic script.
In a follow-up tweet, Musk then tagged Putin’s official Twitter account and wrote in Russian, “Do you agree to this fight?”
Not everyone was on board with Musk’s comments.
Dmitry Rogozin, director general of Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, responded by calling Musk a “weakling” and “little devil.”
“You, little devil, are still young, Compete with me weakling; It would only be a waste of time. Overtake my brother first,” Rogozin wrote. He also included the name of the 1800s Russian poem “The Tale of the Priest and of His Workman Balda,” which is about a lazy priest who hires a cheap worker before the worker drives him insane.